The City of Calgary has set up several centres for Calgarians to drop off real Christmas trees for recycling.

The City’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling program has eight tree drop-off locations for residents to leave their real trees.

The centres are open now and will stay open until January 27.

The city will also be picking up real trees from homes in January as part of the residential black cart garbage collection.

They ask that people prepare the tree for recycling by removing the tree stand and any ornaments and lights. Also do not bag or tie your tree. 

Crews are asking people to place trees on the ground near your black cart collection spot by 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8.

They ask that people make sure the tree is not blocking the street, lane or sidewalk and is at least a foot away from the carts.

The city says the trees will then be picked up within three weeks and will be mulched and made available to citizens for gardening and landscaping. 

Blue carts can be used to recycle paper wrapping, paper gift bags, cards and bubble wrap.

There are also 30 facilities in the city that will accept used electronics, free of charge, for recycling.

For more information on recycling facilities near you, visit the city’s Waste & Recycling Services website or contact 311.